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98/55/1-4 Trousers, cotton, made by Burberry, London, England, 1911, worn by Charles Francis Laseron during Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1913. Click to enlarge.

Overalls worn by Charles Laseron during Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Made 1911-1913

These trousers were worn by Charles Francis Laseron (1887-1959) during Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1913. The trousers were made by the famous London firm, Burberry, who supplied many polar expeditions. Laseron worked as taxidermist, biological collector, and general scientific assistant. This expedition, along with the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Expedition 1929-1931, was one of the most important Australian scientific expeditions of the 20th ...

Summary

Object No.

98/55/1-4

Object Statement

Trousers, cotton, made by Burberry, London, England, 1911, worn by Charles Francis Laseron during Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1913

Physical Description

Trousers, cotton, made by Burberry, London, England, 1911, worn by Charles Francis Laseron during Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1913

Overalls, made from heavy cotton twill, large waist band designed to be buttoned to top clothes, with buttons and wood toggles.

Production

Made

1911-1913

Notes

These trousers were made by the famous London clothing firm, Burberry. In 1879 Thomas Burberry invented a weatherproof cloth that could breathe and keep cool under the most inclement conditions. He went on to create the foundation of a business that went on to serve men everywhere, from the trenches of World War I to the windswept polar regions of Antarctica. Burberry fitted out the Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen polar expeditions as well as Mallory's 1924 ill-fated attempt on Everest.

History

Notes

In 1911 each member of Mawson's expedition were fitted out with 2 polar outfits at a cost of 100 pounds each. Under these Burberry trousers, Charles Laseron would have worn woollen trousers and woollen underwear.

Charles Francis Laseron (1887-1959) was born in Wisconsin, USA, and arrived in Australia with his parents in January 1891. His father, David, was an Episcopalian clergyman, and in 1896 he took charge of a parish at Lithgow, NSW. Charles received his early schooling at Lithgow but was later educated at St Andrew's Cathedral Choir School, Sydney.

Laseron trained in geology at Sydney Technical College and later lectured there. The Sydney Technological Museum engaged Laseron in 1906 as a collector of botanical and geological specimens. Laseron took leave from the Museum to take part in Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, where he worked as taxidermist, biological collector, and general scientific assistant from 1911-1913. He was awarded the Polar medal for his work in the Antarctic and later published an account of his Antarctic experiences in 'South with Mawson' (1947).

On his return to Australia, Laseron joined the Australian Imperial Forces, and was wounded at the Gallipoli landing. He subsequently returned to Sydney in 1916, where he resumed work at the Sydney Technological Museum. He rose to secure the position of Officer-in-Charge of the Applied Art collection. In this capacity he wrote papers and collected a range of ceramic and porcelain artefacts and was instrumental in establishing the New South Wales Applied Art Trust. Laseron was forced to resign in 1929 after a long-running dispute with curator Arthur Penfold, who in 1927 launched a departmental inquiry into his position. Laseron later became a dealer and auctioneer and during World War II returned to the AIF where he became an Instructor in Map Reading and Topography with the Commonwealth Military Forces.

REFS:

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090677b.htm?hilite=laseron

Davison, Graeme and Kimberley Webber (eds), 'Yesterday's Tomorrow: The Powerhouse Museum and its Precursors 1880-2005', Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney, 2005

Laseron, Charles, 'South with Mawson: reminiscences of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition', Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1957

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Overalls worn by Charles Laseron during Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 January 2020, <https://ma.as/163578>

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